I’m not the only unschooling, radical, child of immigrant Indian parents in the world. Arun, one of the masterminds behind The Parenting Pit, is the other. I (along with Trish) had the joy of meeting my BFAM a couple of weeks ago. We met in the city and dined and chatted for awhile. It was cool to meet someone else who, besides sharing a similar outlook on many topics, also shared some of the same experiences. Like growing up with the common adult Indian guidance that becoming a doctor, lawyer or MBA is best and most practical. Or having a needlessly large wedding foisted on them by socially blinded parental units. And of course the occasional pratfalls that occur when two cultures meet in one family.
It was really nice to meet someone and know that there was a lot of common ground. Like our unschooling support groups, I easily let my guard down and avoided the teeth-gritting moments that occur constantly when dealing with mainstream parents. The sucky part is that Arun lives in Australia. Which is cool if it weren’t 10,000 miles away and ridiculously expense to go to. So the next time we meet might be … in India. Two years from now. Thankfully these cool internet tubes will let us keep in touch.